May 09

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It used to be that nobody could criticize motherhood, the flag or apple pie. Today some folks use the flag for kitchen curtains, Sara Lee makes the pie, and motherhood is delegated to the day care center. Productivity is the key idea. Women who have secular careers are thought to be productive, while one who makes a career of homemaking is made to feel inferior and unproductive.
A worthy mother is a treasure that is never forgotten. There were times I hated my mother: Funny though—I can’t remember why. I do however, remember that she rocked me. I remember that she read me “The Pokey Little Puppy.” I remember her going to school with me the first day—and crying at my wedding. Mom sacrificed for us. She hung out the sheets when the West Texas wind had frozen them stiff as boards, She got up with us in the night, worried when we were out too late. She cooked our breakfast and dragged us out of bed to eat it thanklessly. The pain of child-bearing doesn’t stop with labor, but the pain of a worthy mother has its reward:

Her children rise up and bless her,
Her husband also, and he praises her.
Charm is deceitful but a woman who fears the
Lord shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her….
Proverbs 31:28-31

A good mother deserves honor, whether the mother who bore you, or the mother who bore your children. You are the product of her labors. Let the product be a credit to her.
Jerry D. Lee

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